So Where Are We Now?
How are the effects of our actions affecting our planet and climate change?
What Is Causing Climate Change?
Sir David Attenborough defines the change we need to make in clear and immediate words.
Sir David Attenborough's
6 Actions to Save The World
1 - Put people and the planet before profit
2 - Replace oil with renewable energy
4 - Farm smarter and consume less meat and animal by-products
5 - Protect the forests
3 - Create no fishing zones in the oceans
6 - Raise people out of poverty to slow population growth
Countdown is a global initiative to champion
and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis,
turning ideas into action.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
is dedicated to the protection
and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants
The Anthropocene Epoch is an unofficial unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector
Agriculture is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 24% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Agriculture has contributed to deforestation.
Direct methane emissions from ruminants cattle contribute significantly
What Can We Expect?
What Can We Expect To See In The Future?
What Are The Predictions
About Our Future Global Climate?
What Can We Do?
There is lots we can do!
Don't leave it to others.
Share: get people involved.
Your behaviour can influence others.
Things We Can All Try & Do for Our Planet
Eat More Plants
Cut down your meat consumption. Instead try plant based alternatives
Ensure your home is insulated to save energy and reduce your household heating bill
Lobby that governments implement necessary change
Walk & Cycle
Where possible, walk or cycle instead of driving.
Get your steps in!
Reduce the amount of plastics and single use plastic you bring into your home
Plant trees and sew wild flower seeds in your garden to increase biodiversity
Put all fruit and vegetable waste, egg shells, food waste, grass cuttings in your brown bin
Move to green energy alternatives to power and heat your home
Reduce the amount of air miles you clock up
Eating less meat is the best
thing you can do for the planet
Recycling or taking the bus rather than driving to work has its place, but scientists are increasingly pointing to a deeper lifestyle change that would be the single biggest way to help the planet: eating far less meat.
The Earthshot Prize
The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.
The Prize aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism, by highlighting the ability of human ingenuity to bring about change, and inspiring collective action.
More Resources We Recommend
A Way Forward: Facing Climate Change by National Geographic
Predictions of Future Global Climate by Center for Science Education
300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 seconds by Linguistic Team International
Johan Rockström – the state of the planet and what we need to do
In The News
What is the Paris climate agreement and why is the US rejoining?
Photo: Getty Images
BBC News, Thurs 21st Jan 2021
"One of US President Joe Biden's first acts in office was to start the process of rejoining the Paris climate deal - reversing Donald Trump's decision to withdraw.
The historic agreement, which came into force in 2016, united nearly 200 countries in a global pact to tackle climate change."
Greta Thunberg Hears Your Excuses. She Is Not Impressed.
The New York Times Magazine, Tue 20th October 2020
"Greta Thunberg has become so firmly entrenched as an icon — perhaps the icon — of ecological activism that it’s hard to believe it has been only two years since she first went on school strike to draw attention to the climate crisis. In that short time, Thunberg, a 17-year-old Swede, has become a figure of international standing, able to meet with sympathetic world leaders and rattle the unsympathetic. Her compelling clarity about the scale of the crisis and moral indignation at the inadequate political response have been hugely influential in shifting public opinion. An estimated four million people participated in the September 2019 global climate strikes that she helped inspire."
Prince William and Sir David Attenborough join forces on 'Earthshot' prize
BBC News, Thursday, 8 October 2020
"Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have joined forces to launch what they hope will become the "Nobel Prize for environmentalism". They say the search is on for 50 solutions to the world's gravest environmental problems by 2030. With £50m to be awarded over a decade, the "Earthshot Prize" is the biggest environmental prize ever. The Prince said "positivity" had been missing from the climate debate - something the award could supply. "The Earthshot prize is really about harnessing that optimism and that urgency to find some of the world's solutions to some of the greatest environmental problems," he told the BBC."
How Birds Eye's pea-growing farmers are leading an agri-eco ambition in the Humber hinterlands
Image: Red Stag Media
Business Live, Thursday, 2 July 2020
A landmark farm-based project that could help return atmospheric CO2 to pre-industrial levels has been launched in East Yorkshire. As well as having the potential to counter the effects of climate change, the Sustainable Landscapes Humber Project could also drastically reduce flooding and improve soil health. A collaboration between Birds Eye, Yorkshire Water and supply chain consultancy Future Food Solutions, research expertise is being provided by the University of Hull, with support from Teesside University.
At its core are more than 40 farmers from across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, who grow peas for the frozen food giant, to be processed in Hull.
The project involves growing specific cover crops - described as pop-up rainforests - in the window between harvesting and sowing their next peas.
Aware, confused, leaderless: How Irish people feel about climate change now